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Megatokyo Megagear coming soon to my waiting hands (No thanks to PayPal or the Postal Service) | July 28, 2005

Shopping on Megagear.

About a week or so ago, I attempted to purchase of the and . I was previously aware of the slight problem non-US users face when buying stuff from , first through the (which I find to be frustrating with regards to updates on comic issues, so I supplement the with Comic Alert feed), and secondly for my repeat visits to the store, drooling (well not literally) over some of their .

When I finally had enough money spare to actually buy of , I did a search on the store in Newcastle (they have branches elsewhere) that I bought volumes and from. I won’t tell you who they are, as quite frankly I’m pissed off that they still don’t list any of the books on their site, even after I complained to them when I bought from them (I bought a few weeks later)- chances are if you’ve been to Newcastle you’ll probably know it anyway. Ramble. Getting back to the point, I was kind of annoyed with when they wouldn’t let me use my Visa Electron card as payment, even though their site specifically says that they accept Electron cards as payment. So I tried to use their bank fund option, which is basically a direct debit from my account (one form of digital transaction from the same account not good enough for them?), appreciating that this would take a while longer to clear I sent an email off who runs the admin side of things over at .

So a day or so ago I get an email back from saying that (quite understandably) my order had been cancelled as the payment hadn’t cleared yet. I didn’t really have a problem with this, and I could appreciate the order needing to be cancelled as I wouldn’t want to be the cause of someone else missing out on getting their hands on a copy of of .

Anywayz, after checking the technobabble regarding ‘s bank funding, I figured out the date the verification would clear would be the 28th, so during the first break of the 1000th gate trip episode of SG1, I rushed upstairs, loaded up , put my bank in one tab, in another, and in the third. After the browser locking up during the first break (win98’s crappy memory management when using multiple applications fault, not the fault of ) I returned during the second break and completed everything in one go.

So now I just have to wait patiently for a note from the saying they need to . I don’t like the post office. grr. Unless of course by some miracle they deliver it straight to my door, in which case they’ll probably still leave a note to as I’ll either be out or asleep when it gets delivered. No 9am deliveries where I live any more. stupid not having enough staff to deliver on time any more. grumble.

The only thing that can cancel my order is the UK economy taking a steep dive in the next 3 days or the US economy making a sharp rise (the “great American dollar” is even weaker than the Euro at the mo’, shows how good that is). Obviously that won’t be happening. (hopefully)

PS: Note that I did do a on , but decided it was better to support directly even though I would have to pay shipping and customs duty of around £4 for the privilege. As well as being the only place I know of that sells the rest of the merchandise I purchased. Direct support was still the main factor though.

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